working to build a sustainable and vibrant fishing future
We strive to ensure that fishermen have the community infrastructure and environmental resources to maintain Maine's coastal cultural identity and sustain vibrant working waterfronts for this and future generations of Maine fishermen.
Fishermen from the community of Port Clyde founded the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association in 2006 as the Midcoast Fishermen’s Association with the goal of improving fisheries management to better serve midcoast Maine’s inshore fishermen. MCFA’s founding members, fishermen who spent their lives on the water, viewed creating an organization as a way to amplify their voice in the world of fisheries policy, and more importantly, as a way to protect their communities and way of life.
The ideals that the Association were founded on held true for many communities throughout the state and thus became the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association and expanded well beyond Port Clyde. Like-minded fishermen and community members from throughout Maine's came together to build an organization to create a better future for our marine resources and the communities that rely on them.
Today the MCFA is made up of fishermen from the edge of New Hampshire to the Canadian border and works with fishermen in the groundfish, shrimp, lobster, bluefin tuna, herring, whiting, menhaden, monkfish and scallop fisheries.